In Fall 2018, NYU established a new, cross-University Urban Doctoral Fellowship Program. This competitive fellowship program is open to current and prospective doctoral-level students from across the University.

Please welcome our 2020 class of accomplished students, who were selected for their demonstrated interest in urban research and represent schools and departments from across the University.

  • Ankit Bhardwaj, Sociology
  • Bennet Allen, School of Medicine
  • Brittany Matthews, Steinhardt
  • Chris Ick, Center for Data Science
  • Erica Paige Wood, Global Public Health
  • Fiona Dunn, Tandon, Civil/ Urban Engineering
  • Isaac Hand, History, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
  • Oscar Oliver-Didier, (admitted student), American Studies
  • Mariana Veras, Sociology
  • Natalia Aguilar Vasquez, Spanish & Portuguese
  • Nico Chen, Steinhardt
  • Riley Sandel, (admitted student), Wagner
  • Yasmeen Chism, Tisch


  • The fellows receive up to $3,000 in research funds (not a salary stipend), which may be used for attending conferences or other activities to further their research at some point during their studies.
  • The fellows are invited to participate in a new, cross-NYU Urban Research Seminar that will host leading scholars from a variety of disciplines who are researching urban issues.
  • The fellows are invited to join networking lunches or dinners following the seminars. 
  • The fellows are required to formally register for and attend the Seminar (ideally in their second or third year). The fellows will also have the opportunity to present and receive feedback on their own work from NYU faculty and their peer fellows.
  • Up to 12 fellows will be selected from prospective and continuing doctoral students for Fall 2021.


This competitive Fellowship Program is open to current and prospective doctoral students focused on urban research. Prospective PhD students must be nominated by the Director of Graduate Studies of their respective departments/schools. Current PhD students whose research interests focus on cities and urban issues may apply directly.

Selection Criteria

The key selection criteria for fellows are:

  1. Scholarly promise
  2. Urban focus
  3. Contribution to a cohort’s diversity (including methodological, demographic, disciplinary, and departmental)

How to Apply

Apply for 2021-2022 cycle here.

Selection Committee

The 2019 Urban Doctoral Selection Committee includes:

  • Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Associate Professor, NYU Gallatin and NYU Department of Sociology
  • Thomas Sugrue, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History, NYU College of Arts & Science
  • Daniel Neill, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Public Service, Associate Professor of Urban Analytics, Courant Institute, NYU Wagner and CUSP